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. >> reporter: and ryan fought back hard. >> president obama took gm and chrysler into bankruptcy. taxpayers still stand to lose billion billions of dollars from the president's managed bankruptcy. >> reporter: romney has been on the defensive for months on his position on auto bailout, now taking it right to the president. their skirmishes back and forth about this issue on the auto industry show how important it is, especially in ohio, which could hold the key to the white house. there are 800,000 people in jobs related to the auto industry in that state. charlie and norah, they could be decisive. >> jan crawford, thank you so much. national journal white house correspondent major garret is here. let's talk about what jan was just reporting on. why has the fight on the auto bailout gotten so nasty here in the end? >> the obama campaign -- from the romney/ryan ticket that the bailout is sending jobs to china. production may eventually be in china on jeeps. as chrysler and gm have pointed out, jeep, which is a chrysler brand, and gm, also producing autos in northern ohio, aren't shrinking th
sensitive to this romney message. >> obama took gm and chrysler into bankruptcy and sold chrysler to the italians who are going build jeeps in china. >> reporter: it's designed to peel working class americans away from the president but the idea that chrysler is moving jobs from ohio to china has been attacked as untrue. >> everybody knows it's not true. the car companies themselves have told governor romney to knock it off. >> reporter: friday's jobless report showed a slight increase in unemployment but at the same time a larger than expected number of jobs were created last month. while consumer confidence is the highest since february of 2008. romney was having none of it. >> the president promised change. but he didn't deliver it. and i'm promising change and i have a record of achieving it. >> reporter: it was a reference to his one term as governor of massachusetts where romney currently trails the president by 32 points. still with unemployment at 7.9% this president will go before the voters on tuesday with the highest unemployment rate since franklin
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